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BEWARE of Cruise Ship Hiring Scams

Pay attention, scammers will try many methods to get money and/or your personal details from you for their own gain. Be on the lookout for any of the following that suggest that the contact may not be legitimate. To assist you, we're providing some tips to help you avoid falling victim to a cruise ship job scam.

Identify a Cruise Ship Job Scam:

1. If it sounds too good to be true it probably is. How quickly you get a cruise job depends on current available positions, an interview, an offer of employment, and how long it takes you to process the necessary documents.

  • So when someone or an agency says that you will get a job as soon as you send them payment, it should be a red flag that this is not right.

2. Legitimate cruise recruitment agencies do not solicit money from applicants.  This is one of the biggest rules of thumb to understand if the agency is a scammer or not.  

  • Our hiring partners and other legitimate cruise recruitment agencies that we work with do not collect fees from applicants in order to be considered for a job onboard our vessels.  
  • Nor do they collect money in advance for uniforms and medical expenses.

3. Legitimate cruise recruiters do not send emails offering a job before an application is filled out.  We, or our partners on our behalf, will contact you once your online application has been reviewed and/or we received your resume which is of interest to us.

  • In some job scams, an initial email is sent by the fraudster offering a cruise job.  Once the prospective crewmember responds to this email offer, they are asked to complete a job application.  This phony job application seeks private background information about the prospective employee which will be used for criminal purposes.

4. Cruise applicants do not need an immigration lawyer or a Green Card.  Read Passports and Visas for Cruise Employment for more information on what is required.  Scammers may give the applicant a phony “employment contract” or “letter of employment”.

  • Then, in later correspondence, they expect the applicant to submit a copy of their passport plus $$$USD for the services of an immigration lawyer to process a work permit.  This is not required or legal.  

5. www.oceancasinojobs.com is our only website for onboard employment with Global Casino Operations.  Websites of cruise ship job scams are unprofessional and may be poorly presented.  The below are all red flags that something is wrong:

  • Blatant spelling, grammatical errors, poor English and punctuation errors may indicate that the website and agency is not legitimate.
  • Is the website littered with Google ads?
  • Are the photos used on the site grainy and outdated?  
  • Incorrect cruise line information, such as the name of the ship, etc.

6.  Understand which email accounts may be fraudulent.  You don't want to send your resume and personal information through an email account used by a scammer.  

  • To prevent yourself from making this mistake, beware of email addresses that end in Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo, AOL or any other web based, free, email account.

7. Get familiar with the cruise lines' official hiring partners – you can find our legitimate recruitment and manning agencies at Our Business Buddies.  Many fraudulent cruise job scammers use a name or email address that is similar to the cruise line/s.  They even use the names of agencies that are similar to the real hiring partners.  

  • Pay attention to these details when you receive correspondence.  Better yet, stick with the agencies and email addresses that are authorized by us so you won't get into trouble.

The bottom line is this: 

  • Please use cruise recruitment and manning agencies that are listed as authorized by us.  For further detail, please check Our Business Buddies.
  • Do not accept a job offer from an agency fraudulently representing any of the cruise lines.

And, only send your resume and personal information through our secure online application at:

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